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Information to help Learner Drivers

Learn to Drive

Taking the First steps in to driving these links may help:

These links can give you some great information and what to expect when you are ready for your test.

Highway code facebook page

Copy of the Highway Code

Practice Theory:

Have a go at a practice theory test

Practical Test:

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Automatic in more ways than one

i30 automatic driving lessons

Learn to drive all over again

Moving from a manual car to an automatic car could on the outside seem easy. Not so, as we have discovered when getting a new automatic car for Devon Driver and Rider Training. We chose the Hyundai i30 from Torbay Hyundai.

The next generation of magical electronics has transformed newer cars in to playgrounds. They now have some very neat gadgets, but that means a manual big enough that you need a wheelbarrow to carry it.

  • Cruise control has been around for some time but cruise control that allows you to pick the distance between you and a vehicle in front (Intelligent cruise control!)
  • Lane Keep Assist. This not only tells you if you stray out of your lane with out indication; but there is a system that then (if switched on) guides you back in to the lane.
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking. This applies the brakes if it thinks it is going to hit something ahead.
  • Blind Spot Detection and Cross Traffic Alert has you covered if things are moving around you.
  • Auto Hold hand-brakes which release when the car is driven under power. You thought Hill Hold Assist is as good as it got!

With some of these gadgets you might ask: is there any room for the driver?

All of these things are just aids. You trust them to help you and guide you, or give you information but… It makes sense you know how to use them.

If you are moving from manual car or even just upgrading your auto, contact us and see how we can help you get to the bottom of the new driving experience.

We can offer help with familiarisation as well as just and introduction to automatic cars.

Give us a call!

Devon Driver and Rider Training

Blue Lights

Emergency Vehicle

What to do when an Emergency Vehicle is behind you.

As a experienced driver you can be unsure what to do when she hear sirens and see blue lights behind you. You know they need to get to their destination quickly. As a learner driver it can be especially worrying.
Blue Light Aware is a short video, produced on behalf of the emergency services. Their crews rely on the help of other road users when they’re on a ‘blue light’ journey.

By watching Blue Light Aware, you will better understand their needs, you will be reducing the risks you face, you will be contributing to a safer road environment and you might also be helping to save a life.

Please note, this video contains flash photography.

Emergency Vehicle what to do

Passing Road Obstructions

Driving Lesson

How learners can do it safely!

A parked vehicle, road side obstruction or even temporary traffic calming measures can all present physical barriers to you whilst driving.

Always follow the MSM/PSL routine when dealing with hazards on the road:

Mirror – Signal – Manoeuvre – (Positions, Speed/Gear and Look)

Is the obstruction your side?

Is there approaching traffic?

What are drivers doing behind you?

Is there room for you?

Approaching traffic will have priority on most occasions if the blockage is on your side of the road. So you will need to give way.

If the blockage is on the other side of the road, normally you would have priority… but don’t assume it. See what other vehicles are doing and you may need to give way if there isn’t room.

Driving Lesson

Don’t Leave it so late that you or the other vehicle has nowhere to go except backwards.

Looking ahead, as with most road situations, is the best way to give yourself time and space to do everything you need to do i.e. Checking how close cars are behind, signalling, moving over, slowing and getting in to a good gear to go, looking to see if it’s safe to go.

Give us a call or text if you want more information about our driver training

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Ride Safe

Motorcycle Safety

How you can avoid the five most common motorcycle accidents!

Riding a motorbike safely requires both skill and judgement.
These are the reasons that many of us ride bikes. The successful use of these abilities  makes us feel good and we are keen to be the best.

Motorcycle safety

According to an in depth study of motorcycle crashes the 5 most common are:

  1. failure to negotiate left hand bend on country A road
  2. failure to negotiate right hand bend on country A road
  3. collision at junctions
  4. collision while overtaking
  5. loss of control.

1 & 2. Bends on Country Roads

Continue reading Ride Safe

MSM?

MSM (PSGL)

Hazard Drill

What is the hazard drill?

The hazard drill in a crucial process that helps you deal with all real and potential road hazards in a precise and measured way:

  • Mirror(s)
  • Signal
  • Position
  • Speed / Gear
  • Look

Often known as Mirrors, Signal, Manoeuvre; it includes some essential elements on approach to a hazard.

When is it used?

When approaching an actual or potential hazard for which you may need to slow down, speed up or change direction.

Hazards can fall within three different categories:

  1. Static (Road layout ie roundabouts or junctions)
  2. Moving Hazards (Other Road Users)
  3. Environmental (Visibility, road surface, standing water etc)

 

The process helps you deal with most road hazards in a calm and systematic way.

  • By knowing what’s around you
  • Letting others know what you are going to do
  • Getting in to a good position so you don’t effect others or you make your movement easier
  • Being at the right speed and then gear for negotiating the hazard ( i.e. junction or roundabout)
  • Looking to make sure it is safe to go!

This leads to a calm safe drive as well as potentially helping with fuel economy.

Want to know more? Contact us

www.devon.training

Right or Wrong – Good or Bad

Learn to anticipate hazards

I am all over the place!

Written by Andy Phillips

All drivers or riders who have studied advanced driving or riding know that road position can make a difference. It can affect the smoothness of your drive or ride and have an impact on your safety.

We position for several reasons:

  • Safety
  • Stability
  • Vision
  • View

Our position can keep us away from danger or a developing danger.

It can help us gain or maintain grip on the road (as well as not disappearing in to a pothole or sliding on a manhole cover!).

It can help us be seen by other road users, allowing them time to react to our presence.

It allows a better view of the road and any previously hidden dangers, maybe an earlier view of the danger.

 

Can a ‘good’ position cause a problem for us?

I might argue yes:

Our position, including our bikes lean angle or cars direction provides information to other road users.

We may rely on our position to give us the benefits listed above but; our positional information has to be processed by people who may or may not have been exposed to advanced driving or riding techniques. We may make things even more confusing by over positioning when it may only have a marginal benefit to us.

Maybe this example might help to illustrate my point:

Travelling along a wide road in a built up area where we have oncoming traffic (as well as all the normal road hazards). We might position to allow a vehicle exiting a junction to see us through our movement sideways as well as moving more in to their visual field. But what does that movement tell other road users? Has that movement placed us in to greater danger from following vehicles who might think we are turning? Are we now something that could or needs to be overtaken / undertaken?

Another example is extending our view round a left hand bend by moving either towards the centre road markings or even more towards the offside of the road. This allows us, arguably (in the more extreme position), a better view. How could this be interpreted by oncoming vehicles?

 

This is only my humble view as the writer of this article, but sometimes we might be too clever for our own good. We might overstate our position. We should be acutely aware of how our position might be interpreted and weigh up the benefits to us.

The last thing we want is a great position to be a bad position!

Please comment and let us know what you think.

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Road Junction

Acceleration Sense

Advanced Driving

Acceleration Sense (AS)

You can use the acceleration of the car or bike to help you negotiate road, traffic conditions and hazards. This doesn’t mean always accelerating or picking up speed.

Ask yourself:

When approaching vehicles moving slower than me, do I always need to brake?

With accurate use of the throttle you can reduce the amount of braking needed, if any, and reduce fuel costs as well as tyre wear.

Acceleration Sense requires several things:

  • Anticipation
  • Observation
  • Judgement of speed and distance
  • Understanding how your vehicle works

Your driving or riding will become smoother with good throttle control.

Try it!

Drive or ride a route you are familiar with and try to anticipate the potential hazards or traffic that would normally make you brake. Try and look so far ahead that you don’t accelerate in to those situations but ease off the throttle; either maintain a good speed or reduce it through normal tyre friction on the road or engine braking.

There is another result to this that makes you safer whilst driving or riding: You are more aware of potential hazards and probably keep a better following distance from vehicles.

Want to know more?

Contact us on Tel. 07878 543 413 or sarah@devon.training

https://www.ddrt.uk

Learn to anticipate hazards

Have a word with yourself!

Road Junction

Calm down!

We don’t always see eye to eye with other road users. As we are human just like they are.

Wrapped up in cages or dressed up with motorcycle helmet helps to remove some of the human element from our interactions.

Angry driver

We don’t see those other road users as real people

 

I found myself chuntering away under my breath inside my cosy motorcycle helmet, about another driver. He had done something that must have been the equivalent of slapping me in the face, because I was not happy.

I think all he had done was braked suddenly, realising he was about to miss his turning, indicated and turned quickly. This caused me to brake hard as well.

So was I angry at the other driver or myself for not seeing it coming and being further back? Probably a bit of both.

I realised I was now concentrating on the wrong thing. I was concentrating on the other driver and not the road ahead.

I found myself saying “Have a word with yourself and wind your neck in. Get on with riding”

So a few suggestions to help keep calm when riding or driving:

  • Calm yourself
    • Concentrate on what’s in front of you. Find something to enjoy the drive or ride (even if its only that you aren’t soaked by rain!)
  • Shrug your shoulders or try to physically release tension (I know, not so easy on a bike)
  • Try and think positively (at least that driver has turned of and will no longer bother me)
  • Try singing to yourself! (Proper music might be better but don’t let it distract you from driving or riding.)
  • Don’t dwell on the past but maybe after your journey evaluate your drive / ride.

Smug advanced driver

You could always do some advanced driver or rider training to help you develop your skills?

 

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